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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 
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Scrivener NaNoWriMo ’11 Trial Now Available

If you’re embarking on the task of writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November — also known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo — Literature & Latte offers a special NaNoWriMo 2011 trial version of its Scrivener writing software.Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: Win a Tom Bihn Cadet Laptop Bag

Seattle-based laptop bag designer Tom Bihn has a classy new bag designed expressly for Apple laptops — if you’re lusting after a new laptop bag, enter this week’s DealBITS drawing.Show full article

Lion Frustrations? Don’t Forget TinkerTool

Sometimes you just have to use undocumented under-the-hood settings. TinkerTool is a safe and reliable way to do so.Show full article

How to Lose and Recover iCloud Data

It’s all too easy to make a simple mistake and lose important data stored in iCloud forever. Here’s a technique to recover your information, assuming you have it backed up on your Mac.Show full article

Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Schedule

We’ve all said that Macs last longer than Windows-based PCs, but for how long a span does Apple provide major operating system support for older hardware? And what about iOS devices: do they have a radically shorter support lifespan?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 November 2011

Notable software releases this week include Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor, Premiere Elements 10 Editor, Sandvox 2.2, and Aperture 3.2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 7 November 2011

To continue your technology reading for this week, we have a bunch of interesting links, including thoughts about sandboxing in the Mac App Store, Macworld Expo’s name change, MacTech’s benchmarking of Parallels Desktop 7 and VMware Fusion 4, upcoming fixes in iOS 5.0.1, and Amazon’s addition of ebook lending for Kindle device owners in the company’s Prime program.Show full article

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